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Des Jardin, Donald

Don passed away peacefully on New Year's Day. Born January 21, 1932 in Stevens Point Wisconsin to Bernice and Edward Des Jardin. The family moved to Albuquerque in 1944 where Don went through school and graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1950. He then joined the US Navy during the Korean War where he served for four years as a gunners mate on a destroyer.

Upon returning to Albuquerque he entered the University of New Mexico where he earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering in 1959. It was during his first year at UNM that he met the love of his life, the former Carolyn Gildea. They were married in 1955 and have three daughters. Survivors include his wife Carolyn, daughters Debbie (Scott) Roberts, Lori (Jeff) Kidwell and Sheri (Jim) Luikens. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren with #12 due in February; two step great grandsons; brother Robert Des Jardin; and sister Nancy (Bruce) Edwards.

After graduation from UNM Don began his career with Gordon Herkenhoff & Associates where he worked until 1986 when he and Carolyn moved to Angel Fire, NM. where they lived until 1993 before returning to Alb. During that time in Angel Fire Don served as resident engineer for Angel Fire Corporation and did the design and engineering for snow making for the ski area. He later went on to become General Manager of the ski area. While still in Angel Fire Don started his own engineering firm Complex 7 which he operated until returning to Alb. In 1993. During that time he also served as Village Engineer.

Don was a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of New Mexico and upon returning to Alb. he worked for Gannett Fleming for several years until his retirement. While there he designed many sewage treatment plants and water master plans for numerous N.M. communities.

Don hobbies include hunting, fishing, golf and his special love of training Labrador Retrievers for field competition. He entered numerous competitions as an amateur with two of his dogs attaining the status of first and the third certified FC-AFC in the state of NM. Both dogs were totally trained and handled by him. He also served as a judge in numerous field trials including three National Championship stakes.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Sheri and Jim Luikens, 13108 Bear Dancer Trail NE (SE of Menaul & Tramway) on Saturday, January 9th from 2-5pm.

Don struggled for many years with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Our special thanks for his loving care go to all of those at Bee Hive Homes Four Hills and Gentiva Hospice.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to CurePSP (Foundation for PSP/CBD and related brain diseases) 30 E Padonia Road, Suite 201, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093 or www.psp.org.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2016
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